LANGUAGE LINKS MATCHING ACTIVITIES
These 10 matching activities lead students to discover that because of many Hidden Clues in English words they already know a lot of Spanish! In addition, they will realize that learning about these hidden clues will increase their English vocabulary. They will explore and discover 100 of the Latin roots that made it into English through the French language due to the Norman Conquest of 1066.
English word with Hidden Clue is related to Spanish word that shares the Latin root:
incredible creer, to believe
desperate esperar, to hope
legible leer, to read
intervention venir, to come
Typical lessons on this topic are usually presented with this process:
Read about it;
see lists to compare words;
memorize roots for test;
forget everything you studied and
never apply the skill to language learning.
With this activity students search for the Hidden Clues in sets of ten. They are given the Latin root in the form of a Spanish word which they then try to relate to English. Some are very obvious, others are not, but they can be figured out by elimination.
Given the English sentence:
I am going to the library. They find the Spanish word libro and connect it to the English word book. Hopefully, they realize that a library should be called a bookary!
Retired after a 30-year teaching career, I now substitute teach. Whenever I am assigned to a Spanish or French class, I love pulling this trick on unsuspecting students. After we get started, I have a coughing spell. Gathering my coins, I ask the class: Could someone go down to the selling machine for me and get me a bottle of water? Typical response: “What’s a selling machine?” I ask, “You don’t have a machine that gives you a drink or maybe a snack when you put in coins?” Slowly, it begins to dawn on them. Spanish-vender; French-vendre
P.S. This kit was created while under the influence of MAJOR pain medications after my total knee replacement surgery. Only a crazy teacher could be obsessed with this topic while in the hospital!! You should have seen me making lists of words to use in the kit on little bits of notepaper. The nurses were sure that I was totally demented. (mind: mente)